I always anticipate getting the porches ready for summer, despite the amount of work it is, and after a week of hard work pressure washing, re-staining decking, painting railings, and moving and repainting furniture -- then getting everything back in place, I am happy to say the porches are cleaned, styled and ready for our family to enjoy.
All the furniture was literally sitting around the yard all week as we battled spider webs, bees nests, algae and damage from winter snow scraping, but it was worth it to get everything clean and fresh.
I changed a few things including the rugs that had been down for eight years. They held up *amazingly* well but were getting threadbare so I decided to go with outdoor rugs and found the perfect ones at Big Lots for $44 each. I like that they add a modern touch to all the vintage items. I am expecting these to do well out here and be here for a long time. You can see the old rugs HERE.
I added some toile fabric I had with the pink ticking and black floral outdoor fabric I bought years ago.
Antique railroad lanterns flank an antique sign.
Since there are five of us, I wanted a spot for everyone to sit as we are out here quite a lot, so I brought up these chairs that had come with our outdoor dining set. I sanded and repainted all these as the black powder-coated finish looked gray and dull. Amazingly, these are the cushions that came with the chairs, and even though they pretty much stay out all year, they look great after a good pressure washing. I made the throw pillows from leftover fabric, and secured them with ties as my mother's Norwegian Elkhound loves to steal pillows:-)
Pink geraniums in white pots are a great accent with all the black.
I, for the most part, *always* only buy vintage, but couldn't pass up this cute tray at Walmart. I love that it has handles and can be used for different things. The galvanized look really adds to the "farmhouse" feel.
You will notice I did not hang ferns from the porch, like I usually do, but chose to use them in other places.
As much as I like the hanging ferns, they impede the amazing view and kind of get in the way. We'll see how long I can go without them hanging, though, because it's something I have always done:-)
I can't tell you how much we enjoy sitting out here and enjoying family time together. It really is worth the work because it's such a nice, comfortable and pleasant space -- especially hearing our mountain creek and enjoying the beautiful views. But having a place to gather with the kids and enjoy nature is just the best and something I will remember. I hope they will also look back on these times with fond memories when they are grown:-)
There are two more porches to go that I will share later. Thanks for stopping by!!
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